Can I let you in on a little secret? We might be food bloggers, but we totally have smoothies for dinner all the time. This kid friendly chocolate banana smoothie bowl will knock your socks off!
We’ve started this little tradition thanks to our friends, Dave and Sarah. We have smoothies for dinner all the time, especially during the summer. Actually, we have smoothies and popcorn, don’t judge. Hear me out on this kid friendly chocolate banana smoothie bowl then we double dog dare you to do the same with your kids.
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Smoothies for Dinner
Tired of the dinner complaints and endless talking about Fortnite?
No, I don’t really know what that is, but my friend brought it up that her boys and their friends were playing, “Fortnite” and I was in the dark enough to say, “oh they are building forts?! That’s so cute for teens!”
After watching a funny youtube of a mom listening to her son go on and on in the car about Fortnite I thought a quiet meal as a family might be exactly what you need!
In fact, your kids may not talk at all while they are busy eating this Kid Friendly Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl and sometimes silence is priceless.
Can Smoothies Replace a Meal?
Smoothies make kids think they are getting ice cream or at least a treat when it’s really packed with good things. Sometimes being a sneaky parent is being an awesome parent.
You don’t have to say, hey Billy did you know that one out of two kids is lacking nutrients and that more than half of kids under 9 aren’t getting enough Potassium and Vitamin D?
Nah, just say, Hey Billy!! Want to play Chopped for dinner? I’ll get out some frozen fruits and such and you get to create your own smoothie, best one wins!!
What to Serve with Smoothies
Oh, and the popcorn, look there’s no cool reason there. I just feel more fulfilled when I eat a variety of textures so drinking my dinner isn’t as satisfying as having something to crunch as well.
Our Kid Friendly Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl is our daughter’s creation (that girl is going to take over my job soon) and while I tend to go green smoothie with berries like this, How to Fight a Cold Bust Green Smoothie I have to admit that this peanut butter mood chocolate smoothie was pretty amazing.
Can Smoothies be Frozen?
Smoothies can be frozen for up to 2 weeks if you place it in a sealed container, so if you’re wondering how to store smoothies, just pop it in the freezer! When you defrost the smoothie, instead of using the microwave, just set it out on the counter and let it rest for 10 minutes and you should be able to start eating it with a spoon. Wait a little longer if you prefer to drink it.
Freezing Berries to Look Frosty
Our daughter is not only into smoothies being frozen for quick breakfasts, but we taught her about freezing berries for photos (just freeze in a single layer and then softly blow on them to get the frosty look). Now she’s obsessed with keeping some in the freezer for our smoothie competitions so she can make her smoothie look the best. And as long as the blueberries don’t come rolling out of the freezer when I open it I don’t mind at all.
Which Vegetables for Smoothies
Many vegetables can be added to smoothies, even chocolate smoothies as the flavors hide quite well. Try using; spinach, kale, power greens, carrots, celery, beets, and even squash and zucchini can be added.
Which Fruits for Smoothies
We love to use bananas for potassium and to make a thicker, creamier smoothie. Berries, oranges, pears, peaches, plums, mango, pineapple and even cherries and pomegranate seeds are great to add into smoothies for antioxidants, vitamins etc.
Kid Friendly Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl
This kid friendly chocolate banana smoothie bowl is so stinking easy to make. Our daughter threw chocolate milk, PB2 Powder, chia seeds, frozen bananas, spinach, and then tops everything off with whatever fruit we have on hand. This time because we did it like a chopped competition where everyone had to make the smoothie the best looking smoothie ever, she added a drizzle of peanut butter. Gotta say, and I know I’m going on and on, but I’m just so proud of her and without even knowing it she was taking care of her body too.
Maybe this mom thing isn’t about having it all together. I guess it’s about trying every day to just establish good habits and then doing a whole heck of a lot of winging it. 🙂
Looking for more kid friendly recipes and smoothies? We always are too, so make sure you try our Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt, Freezer Prep Green Smoothie Protein Shakes Prep, Protein Green Smoothie Parfait and make sure you’ve check out our post on How to Freeze Fruit to Make Better Smoothies
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Kid Friendly Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl
Check out our post on how to freeze fruit for smoothies. We buy banana bunches on sale by the dozens and freeze them all!
For adults feel free to add a scoop of collagen as well!
PB2 Powder or Peanut Butter
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 28mg Carbohydrates: 8g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Protein: 3g
Check out our post on how to freeze fruit for smoothies. We buy banana bunches on sale by the dozens and freeze them all! For adults feel free to add a scoop of collagen as well!